The Crusaders, coached by Ronan O’Gara, issued a statement  defending the name but later said they were open to initiating discussions about a change. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

The Canterbury Crusaders are open to discussing a potential name change following mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 people. (...)

Former All Black centre Aaron Mauger, who became Leicester Tigers head coach last summer. Photograph: David Rogers/Inpho

In July 2012 a wise man journeyed to Cork, and Limerick, with the gift of Canterbury Crusaders rugby. This, the most successful blueprint for success (...)

Dan Carter and Richie McCaw will play together for the last time for the Canterbury Crusaders. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has recovered from a head knock and returned to the Canterbury Crusaders squad for a Super Rugby clash against the Qu(...)